New Life for Old Bags

"New Life for Old Bags" (NLOB) is a collaboration of folks of all ages and abilities making sleeping mats for the homeless out of used plastic bags. NLOB is intergenerational and green. The mats are distributed by Cornerstone Community Outreach in Uptown.

'New Life for Old Bags' Celebrated It's 6th Anniversary Feb. 6

'New Life for Old Bags' has celebrated it's 6th anniversary and invites you to come to continue celebrating with them on one of their work days.

NLOB Work Days and Locations:

  • 1st Saturday of every month from 10am to 1pm at United in Faith Lutheran Church located at 6525 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago
  • 2nd Saturday of every month from 10:30am to 12pm at the Plano Community Library located at 15 W. North Street, Plano
  • 2nd Sunday of every month from 12pm to 2pm at Midwest Buddhist Temple located at 435 W. Menomonee, Chicago
  • 3rd Saturday of every month from 10am to 12pm at the Plainfield Public Library located at 15025 S. Illinois Street, Plainfield
  • Every Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm at Bethesda Home & Retirement Center located at 2833 N. Nordica, Chicago


NLOB conducts an annual supply drive at our anniversary work party. If you would like to contribute, please bring your donations to a work day or drop off at the church office weekdays between 10am-2pm.

Supplies needed: name tags, markers, scotch tape, masking tape, and decorative packaging tape, hand sanitizer, small plates (snacks/desserts size) large plates for lunch potluck, paper/foam cups, napkins, plastic utensils, plastic table clothes, ground decaf and regular coffee, powdered drinks (Kool Aid, Crystal Light, etc.), sugar and artificial sweetener for coffee/tea, powdered creamer,Disinfectant Wipes, Ziploc Bags (variety of sizes), Plastic Wrap and Foil, Snack Items (Crackers, Chips, Wrapped Candy, Packaged Cookies, etc.)

Monetary donations: If you don’t have time to shop, monetary donations or gift cards to stores such as Target, Dollar Tree, Office Max, Costco, Marianos, etc. are also appreciated.

Please bring your donations to a work day or drop off at the church office weekdays between 10am-2pm. Thanks.

For more information or to join the cause, please check out our facebook page or email us:

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Homeless with their Sleeping Mats